SAHR Centenary lectures

Wednesday 21st April - Wednesday 26th May 2021

As the planned Centenary events cannot be held in person due to the coronavirus pandemic, the SAHR is organising a series of virtual lectures and panels instead.

These Wednesday evening sessions will consist of a keynote lecture by a leading historian, followed by a panel of research papers discussing aspects of a common theme, and ending with a Q&A session. They will be held on 21 April, 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May and 26 May.

See below for the provisional schedule of panels. The order of the keynote speakers will be confirmed shortly.

21 April
Discussion Panel ‘Relations With…’
Amelia Clegg – ‘Emissaries of Empire’: The Dynamics of Professional Relations between Coldstream Guards Regimental Officers and Indigenous Auxiliary Workers in the South African Conflict (1899–1902)
Jake Gasson – ‘the most weird mixture of humanity’: British views of friends and foes at the onset of the Salonika campaign, October–December 1915
Fabio Simonetti – British Soldiers’ First Encounter with Italian Civilians: A New Historical and Social Perspective on the Invasion of Sicily

28 April
Discussion Panel ‘Battles of the Second World War’
WO2 (SSM) Philip Brazier – British and Canadian combat engineers during operations to clear the Scheldt estuary, 1944
Gareth Davies – Was the British Infantry Tank concept valid in the context of the Second World War?

5 May
Discussion Panel ‘Rank and File’
Joshua Bilton – ‘Forgotten Servicemen: Britain, the First World War and the memory of conscription’
Dr Nina Baker – Not just ‘Ack–Ack girls’: the experimental gunnery work of ATS and WRAC women with the Royal Artillery
Lieutenant Colonel Sean Scullion – Continuing the Fight: Spaniards in the British Army in the Second World War

12 May
Discussion Panel ‘Managing Misbehaviour’
Zack White – Humanity, Honour, or Horrible History?: Re–appraising crime and punishment in Britain’s Napoleonic–era army
Tara Finn – The British Army and the Contagious Diseases Act
Bethany Moore – Why did the military police of the First World War operate in varying ways in different theatres of war?

19 May
Discussion Panel ‘Men and Machines in the Great War Era’
Andrew Lock – In Pursuit of Tactical Prowess, and the German Army: The BEF’s Progress on the Advance to the Hindenburg Line, 1917
David Spruce – Recruiting and Training the Royal Flying Corps. Finding and Preparing the Men who would fight Britain’s First War in the Air
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Macro – Men, Motorcycles and Machine Guns on the North West Frontier

26 May
Discussion Panel ‘Writing about History’
Dr William Fletcher – Sir William Napier’s History of the Peninsular War Reassessed
Dr Ismini Pells – John Woodward, the English Civil War, and the history of the British Army


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